She served as a cargo ship to India, a passenger vessel hauling emigrants to New Zealand and a commercial salmon fishing and packing facility. She also had several owners. In 1906 her name was changed to Star Of India. In 1923, she was towed to the San Diego bay after serving the seas for 60 years. There she sat for a further 50 years, her fate in the balance until a decision was made on her future. She was to be restored.
In 1976, the fully restored Star of India put to sea for the first time in fifty years.The Captain for the newly restored ships voyage was Captain Carl Bowman. A crowd of half a million passengers, crew and onlookers came to wish her good luck on this latest adventure. She has since then set sail on several special occasions.
You can still visit the Star of India as it is still docked in San Diego Maritime Museum as part of the Maritime Tour and view a more comprehensive history.
The plaque commemorates the bond that has been formed with San Diego in restoring and preserving this historic part of Ramsey, and the Isle of Man. It was dedicated to the town by N.A.M.A. The " North American Manx Association " and stands proudly along the quay of Ramsey for all to see.